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July 07, 2009

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Don,

Getting Nick Giodici involved the "management issues" impacting the USPTO is a good move by Locke in my view. I just wonder how much "clout" Nick will have here versus John Doll as the current interim director.

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With regard to the question of Mr. Godici's influence, I think a clue can be found in the PTO's announcement, which states that Mr. Godici was "hired by current Acting Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director John Doll at Locke’s request." I don't want to read too much into the last three words, but they seem to suggest that Mr. Godici is Secretary Locke's man.

Don

Nick is highly regarded in AIPLA, where he currently serves as Chair of the Patent Law committee. He's been outside the PTO long enough now that he will bring much-needed objectivity to this task.

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